By Frank Meke
Having travelled and stayed in most top rated hospitality institutions, around the world, hotels in focus, grading and classification of hospitality businesses in Nigeria, takes me off the drift. Indeed, it is a serious business to grade, classify hotels and related enterprises across Nigeria which is as diverse as our culture.
Right at the hill top city of Jos and majestically announcing its luxury presence, is a 200 bed hospitality giant, not in the hue of many I had seen or stayed across Nigeria, but off a different perspective and statement of reality.
It’s sheer size and pristine location, is awesome and intimidating, spreading its wings, in a telling pride as a peacock. CRISPAN hotel sits in a city within a city, with hands stretched out, in various apartments and Presidential suits, more than a mere replication of grandiose living.
If you are the type that likes your choice of accomodation and culinary offerings, to be made bare before you, then CRISPAN is the place to be. From its massive gate, the architecture and designs, wafts through the mind, and the eyes, leading the heart to the festival of choices, non regrettable and everything, an experience.
“Sir, would you guys want to stay with us,” a pretty looking front office staff asked me as my friend and I made our way around, muttering in a excited conversation about this new Cockrow of hospitality on the Plateau.
As wont with me, searching out for Operational heads of most hotels thrills me. Why, you may ask? In this business, the hood makes the monk, take it or leave it. A hospitality outfit is not defined by its brand or name but by those behind its survival, reach and acceptance.
This business is about the manager, the vision, the passion, connections and experience. Here at CRISPAN, an Amazon, not on the lips in the industry yet but silently redefining hospitality, and keeping Jos, the Plateau state tourism capital of Nigeria, on the watch and wish list of visitors and holiday makers.
Eno Dagwor? Heard about her? Delectable, hospitable and stylist, prefers to let the services in her hotel rate her competence. With degree certificates in Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism, Eno Dagwor nee Tom, bestride the hospitality and tourism sector, leaving behind taillights of achievements and Professionalism, deserving gold medals.
She had done profitable timeouts at Proof hotels and lounge, lekki, Lagos, Peninsula Hotels and Towers, Best Western The island hotel and Elion House Hotel, all in Lagos, outfits devoted to signature clients, with profitablity returns, incomparable to the noisy neighbors.
Eno Dagwor is also a human resource consultant, capable of sniffing out hidden hospitality talents and deploying same to Organizational growth.
Apart from her core competencies in sales and marketing, networking and strategic business relationship and clients needs evaluation, this hospitality Amazon from Akwa ibom state, married to a Plateau indigene, had trainings in Performance Management and Evaluation for Competitive Advantage, Human Resource Management Practice and Customer service Relations.
She told me, her CRISPAN hotel, is positioned in Jos as the destination and hospitality statement, adding, that clients requests and needs are top priority. ” We are not trained to turn down requests from our clients, but to meet it with smiles on our faces. Here at CRISPAN hotel everything is possible’
Eno Dagwor no doubt is an aggressive relationship power horse, a multi task force, determined to deploy the gift to change the narratives of hospitality business in the Plateau. Again,CRISPAN hotel she disclosed is the hotel to beat!! No other, no other, she muttered, flipping through the day’s occupancy brief.
Though many people express worries about the pockets of security challenges in the tourism Capital city of Jos, Mrs Eno Dagwor believes these challenges do not define the future of hospitality growth in the Center point of North Central location of the Plateau.
” We are not living in denial to these challenges, and for us at CRISPAN, tomorrow is the future and we are here to install hope and faith, for the future of a peaceful Plateau and a tourism hospitality destination yet to be fully exploited and made manifest.'” she explained to me amidst flurry of phone calls from clients and staff, a strong indication of her resourcefulness and manifest competence.
So what is the future of CRISPAN hotel?” We shall take it once at a time, from Jos, we can have a CRISPAN hospitality brand all the country, it is a possibility but we want Nigerians and foreigners to come validate this dream hospitality presence never seen anywhere around”
Military’s Face of the Nation, You Must Not Devalue It – GOC 81 Division, Gen Ajunwa
The General Officer Commanding 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, comprising Lagos and Ogun States, Major General Obinna Ajunwa, has warned against devaluing the military, saying that such action has a chain reaction, as it reverberates on the collective existence of the people, and affects what the country holds dear in terms of internal unity, national cohesion and international recognition.
Ajunwa made this remark while playing host to a cross section of the Executive members of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) in his office on Monday. The General noted that the army, and by extension the military, is the face of the nation, and by no means or circumstance should be rubbished, because an attack on the military through false reports is an attack on the very essence of the people and the nation itself.
“The Military is the face of the nation. If we rubbish it we are rublishing our face. The Army belongs to us as Nigerians. In the Nigeria society, and even elsewhere, the strength of the people is the military. And when the top is dropped, it will definitely affect the other component parts.
He maintained that the military will continue to strive to to keep the peace and security of the nation, while calling on the citizenry, especially the press to assist in the patriotic act through verified publications, and most importantly publications that has national security and interest as consideration
“False reports devalues the military, Nigeria and the people. Once you devalue the military, every other persons in the nation is devalued. Always endeavour to report correctly and avoid false information as it could destroy the nation and paint it in bad light, thereby giving a signal of negativity.
“We must understand that when a country’s military is tainted with negativity, it spiraled on other aspects of that country’s endeavours. That is why the military is the face of the nation, and must not be devalued,” Ajunwa said.
Earlier, the leader of the NAOSNP delegation and President of the Association, Mr. Samson Oki, has briefed the GOC and his team of officers on the need for the division to synergise with the Association to curb the initiation and spread of fake news, which is detrimental to the psyche and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
“It is our intention to cooperate with the military, and the army in particular to further engender military/media relationship to continue to fight the war against fake news, which is capable of causing mayhem, for the good of the people.
“Our Association is known for discipline, professionalism and dedication to the Nigerian project, and in the best position to understand that national interest supersedes parochial or personal interest, and that is what we have sworn to uphold,” Oki said.
In his vote of thanks, the Public Relations Officer of NAOSNP, Mr. Eric Elezuo, appreciated the Nigeria Army for the job well done, which have remained their hallmark in recent times, and the GOC 81 Division, Ajunwa, who has been exemplary since he assumed office in August 2022.
“While partnering with you in this task of nation building and defence, we must acknowledge your success stories in the field and with the civil populace. The army has distinguished itself, and remained above board. We also acknowledge the giant strides Major General Ajunwa has taken since he assumed duties about three months ago. We are not oblivious of these milestones, and ask that they be sustained,” Elezuo said.
In attendance at the meeting were ranking military officers including the Commander 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Brigadier General Kingsley Nwoko; Commander 81 Div Provost Group, Brigadier General ML Abubakar; Commander 55 Signal Brigade, Brigadier General EO Oshunsan; Chief of Staff HQ 81 Division, Brigadier General MB Wabili and Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Colonel JK Maigari.
Other members of the NAOSNP team in attendance were Miss Ebere Obinagwam, Mr. Kazeem Bakene, Mr. Friday Etim and Mr. Femi Arikawe.
‘We Hold You in High Esteem’ – NAOSNP Celebrates Lagos Speaker, Obasa at 50
The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has congratulated the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa as he celebrates the golden age of 50.
According to a statement signed by the Association’s Public Relations Officer Mr Eric Elezuo, the association holds the ebullient lawmaker in high esteem, and prays the Almighty continues to shine the light of greatness in his path as he effortlessly leads the legislative arm of Lagos State government to enviable heights.
“It is with deep sense of camaraderie and appreciation for your stupendous achievements that we, the members of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) celebrate you on your landmark age of 50.
“We pray that the God will continue to lead you in the paths of righteousness as you continue to work assiduously to better the lives of Lagosians and humanity in general,” the statement revealed.
Mr Elezuo further described the speaker as an intellectually oriented administrator, whose warm and cordial relationship with governors during his tenure, has helped in telling the success story of Lagos State till date.
“As one of the longest serving Speakers in the country, we have noted with admiration how you have synergized with different governors of the state to build and continue to make Lagos a progressive place for all and sundry irrespective of religion, ethnicity or party,” Elezuo noted.
The statement also quoted the president of the association, Mr. Samson Oki, as adding that the group, an integrity based security publishers, will continue to give the distinguished speaker every assistance in the positive discharge of his duties for the state and humanity.
Philanthropist Donates N10m Luxury Bus to Disability Foundation Home
By Eric Elezuo
Renowned social entrepreneur and philanthropist par excellence, Hon Hareter Babatunde Oralusi, popularly known as HBO, has donated a luxury bus worth over N10 million to the Home for Children with Disabilities, a project of the Focus on Disability Foundation, founded by United Kingdom based Mr. Abiodun Paseda.
Hon Oralusi, a native of Osun State, who is also based in the United Kingdom, is the Chairman, Board of Directors, LifeCome Group Limited and Foremedia Group Limited, United Kingdom, is according to Paseda, a man of integrity, whose stock in trade is giving back to the society and extending his God-given blessings to all and sundry, especially the under privileged.
Expressing his appreciation while speaking to pointblank.ng, Paseda said “This is to show our appreciation over and over again to our loving and supportive daddy, Hon Oralusi. We thank and appreciate you for the donation of this bus for the children’s use. It will be used in taking the children to school and bring them back everyday. Once again, we say thank you and God bless you.”
The Focus on Disability Foundation, founded in 2010, is a non for profit organization, saddled with the responsibility of creating and providing new life and hope for people living with disabilities. In 2021, t has scored another high in its unmatched efforts at looking after the disabled, with a magnificent edifice to accommodate diverse people living with disabilities.
The multi-roomed bungalow with modern and recreational facilities, which is situated in Odogbolu Local Government of Ogun State, was commissioned in the presence of dignitaries from across the length and breadth of the state, who took turns to inspect the facility, and applaud the visioner, and Founder, Focus on Disability Foundation, Mr. Abiodun Enilari Paseda.
Paseda is known for his passion to uplift the standard of living of people living with disabilities across the globe, especially in Nigeria, Ghana and England where his impact has been greatly felt so far. He has supervised the provision of sundry humanitarian assistance to people living with disabilities across Nigeria and the African continent with special mention to England, his place of residence.
“Disable people are the most neglected in the world, especially in Africa. There were no disability laws to protect them as in the UK and other European countries. This aroused my passion to help them and other less privileged,” he says.
Hon Oralusi joined the long list of prominent Nigerians, who have identified with the good work of Paseda, in ensuring the people living with disabilities have a good life.